Join an exclusive Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise and raise funds for Forest & Bird at the same time.
Your getaway starts from the Real Journeys Queenstown Visitor Centre or Frankton Bus Shelter on a specially chartered coach. Or you can self-drive to Manapouri.
A short cruise across the scenic Lake Manapouri follows, then coach across Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest to Deep Cove where your crew and the Fiordland Navigator await.
Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar and an observation lounge.
As you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, our knowledgeable nature guides will provide commentary ensuring you miss nothing, be it the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or rare penguins you might encounter.
After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or small boat or simply relax on board. For the more adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to take a dip!
In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with the other guests on this special cruise and savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar. If the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.
Kick off the next day with a hearty cooked breakfast and explore other parts of the fiord. You then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri.
The funds raised for Forest & Bird will support practical pest-control and establishing Predator Free New Zealand.
Cruise-for-a-Cause trip details:
Date of departure: Saturday, 2nd September 2017
Price: $600 per adult / $300 per child.
Accommodation: All prices are the same – first come first served for twin/double/quad rooms.
Ticket sales will close at the end of Monday 31 July 2017. Book online here or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0800 656501.
Early Bird Special:
For bookings made 26 May - 18 June 2017, we are offering an Early Bird special.
Prices will be reduced to: $500 per adult / $250 per child.
The special promotion will apply at the end of the booking process, prior to check out.
Important request from Forest & Bird:
Please email Jess at email@example.com to let her know you are part of the Cruise-for-a-Cause so she can keep you updated with arrangements. Just write cruise-for-a-cause in the title. Forest & Bird has guaranteed it will not use your email address for anything other than the Cruise-for-a-Cause.
Real Journeys can only send the name of your booking and number of passengers to Forest & Bird. If you do not send the email - you may miss out on important information.
Prepayment by credit card and subsequent confirmation by Real Journeys Ltd is accepted as confirmation of your booking. In the event of a cancellation or amendment to your booking, refunds will only be granted when Real Journeys receives notification at least 5 days prior to departure (in NZ time).
Cancellation fees are not negotiable, therefore we recommend travel insurance.
Media alert: As this is a charity event, there may be media on board, and images might be used in various channels including social media. All participants agree to their image being used in any future publicity unless otherwise specified - please email Tsehai Tiffin prior to your trip: firstname.lastname@example.org
All our Doubtful Sound experiences start in Manapouri which is around 2.5 – 3 hours from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Te Anau.
You can drive there yourself, or if you’d much rather relax and let us do the driving, we offer a coach connection from Queenstown.
Our coach drivers are extremely knowledgeable about the area, its history and local flora and fauna and will provide you with informative commentary along the way.
Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri: - departs 12noon (returns 11.45am day 2)
Real Journeys Visitor Centre Queenstown: - departs 9am (returns 3.30pm day 2) (or Frankton Bus Shelter, Queenstown).
Only one overnight bag is recommended for passenger convenience and for safety reasons. Don't forget the following:
Please note: If you have any special dietary needs please add this into the comments box during the booking process.
The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.
In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.
Fiordland’s weather is what gives the region its unique character. Rainfall is what makes Fiordland a land of lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls and fiords. Visitors should always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during their stay. It is recommended to bring sensible clothing for cool and wet weather to fully appreciate your stay.
The temperatures you can expect in the different seasons are as follows:
While we cannot guarantee you will see wildlife, sightings of fur seals are reasonably common in both Doubtful and Milford Sounds. A pod of bottlenose dolphins resides in Doubtful Sound so you have a good chance of seeing these fascinating mammals, and in Milford Sound dolphins are occasional visitors. In both sounds the rare Fiordland crested penguin can at times be observed.
Throughout Fiordland the fiords are officially mapped as sounds. Strictly speaking, they should be called fiords.
A fiord is a glaciated valley - typically narrow and steep-sided - that has been flooded by the sea after the glacier’s retreat. A sound, on the other hand, is a river valley flooded by the sea following a rise in sea levels or depression of the land, or a combination of both.
Yes, you could potentially be sharing with another guest. Alternatively you could choose to pay for the entire quad cabin, or two double cabins, to ensure privacy.
Note: quad-share: we endeavour to assign compartments as "all female" or "all male" but we cannot guarantee this.
From Queenstown to Manapouri by car or coach takes around 2 hrs 45 mins and from Te Anau around 30 minutes. For more information refer to our Driving Times webpage.
Overnight car parking is 950m from the Manapouri Visitor Centre and daytime car parking is provided adjacent to the Visitor centre.
Yes, there is very limited luggage storage available at the Manapouri Visitor Centre for our overnight cruise passengers (maximum one bag only per person).
Access is not always possible as it is a working power station. However due to ongoing maintenance the Manapouri Underground Power Station is currently CLOSED and re-opening date is yet to be confirmed. Next update October 2018.
All prices and transactions on the Real Journeys website are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). This is specified on the Terms & Conditions page.
Our staff are trained to deal with incidents and in case of an emergency you should listen to their instructions.
We have a portable defibrillator on board each of our overnight cruise vessels (Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer and Fiordland Navigator).
In addition to this we also have portable defibrillators at the following locations:
• Milford Sound Visitor Terminal
• Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri
• Cavern House (Te Anau Glowworm Caves)
• Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, Walter Peak
• TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship
• Stewart Island Ferry (Bluff - Oban - Bluff).